Tips for lighting design
Effectively staging artwork and scientific objects in exhibitions, naturally in the best possible light, is defined as much by the core curatorial stipulations as by the cultural environment and the zeitgeist. Light determines the underlying mood in the room – objectively with bright and diffuse light or in evaluative terms using sharp contrasts. Accentuation and different lighting levels help to convey the content of a message by emphasizing exhibits and visitor information, thereby establishing a relationship between them.
Light in museums must satisfy strict conservational criteria to preserve valuable objects – in the exhibition areas, but also in the adjoining workshops and archives. Lastly, and importantly, light structures the architecture itself, particularly through the medium of façade lighting, emphasizing cultural facilities with their contours and structures as cultural attractions in an urban context.